'Elevator Girl': Ah, young love in the postfeminist utopia of Hallmark Channel movies...

I spent my Valentine’s Eve watching a Hallmark movie called Elevator Girl, which is, well, better than spending Valentine’s Day watching a Hallmark movie called Elevator Girl. It was no Lifetime Original Movie — nor could it hold a candle to most of the ABC Family oeuvre, especially those in the epic Bring It On and Cutting Edge franchises. But it was the kind of vaguely engaging diversion that’s great to pay your bills to. (I know, I’m a romantic.) The setup was classic TV movie: a free-spirited receptionist/waitress who never quite finished culinary school — named, quite pointedly, Liberty (Lacey Chabert) — meets a corporate lawyer in a stuck elevator named Jonathan. They hit it off, the elevator got unstuck, and then — gasp — it turned out she was the server at the dinner celebrating his partnership. It got kinda mushy from there, though, vacillating between a fairly run-of-the-mill romance (when hummus is made not once, but twice, onscreen, things need to be moving a little faster) and melodramatic speeches about how crazy and unconscionable it is for male law firm partners to date women with less income and ambition than themselves.

However, I did learn a few things from Elevator Girl: 1. Someone needs to give Lacey Chabert a job on a CW or ABC Family drama so she can stop doing these movies. The girl who tried so hard to make “fetch” happen in Mean Girls deserves more. 2. Feminism has apparently triumphed so soundly in the world of Hallmark movies that all societal forces are against a corporate lawyer dating anyone who isn’t a badass VP or similar. Sorry, but as much as I love Lacey, I was kinda rooting for the poor blond career gal who was also vying for Jonathan’s affection. She is going to have a much harder time finding her professional equal. But, hey, it’s the season of love, and opposites who meet in stuck elevators are obviously always meant to be.

Did any of you PopWatchers watch Elevator Girl? Where did it rank in the TV movie pantheon for you? Did you catch any other pre-V-Day gems?

Photo credit: Justin Lubin/Hallmark Channel

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  • PR

    i did actually watch since i am a sucker for a romantic comedy. thanks for the 25 cliche’s that need to be retired? very true although i love the movies yeah they need to come up with some new idea. Anyway the Elevator Girl was a good diversion although i did get sick of them referring to her as such. And i also couldn’t understand why his friend had such a vested interest in him dating someone more successful what was it to him.
    Ah Rom Com cliche #11.

  • Ilana

    I also watched this… besides being seriously underwritten, what started to seriously irk me were the musical montages. Enough of those… they’re becoming like nails on a chalkboard, thank goodness for fast forward!

    • Paul

      So true.

    • Sommy

      cant blive u spoke my mind

  • dude

    I haven’t seen it yet, but in answer to PR’s Q: I’d say that for someone to be a success, they need to surround themselves with successful people and successful attitudes. You can make it big without it, sure, but you can make it a lot bigger if you surround yourself with people who won’t let you settle for being less than what will really make you happy. Judging by your description, and assuming being a super-lawyer was what Jon wanted, Libby would hold him back from his dream and he’d only resent her for it down the line.

  • Kaiulani

    I watched too and thought it was cute, just like it was intended to be. However, didn’t the “other woman” end up with Jonathan’s lawyer friend? She caught the bouquet at the wedding.

  • kcfaninmissouri

    i watched this movie as well. it was a cute movie!

  • Malorie

    I ended up watching it by mistake as always nothing was on. But I have to say it was good, of course the night before Valentines day, sends out love can happen any where youre at the time..

  • Dduellman

    It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t hot or sexy. It was vanilla, but I was happy for them at the end of the movie.

  • tvfan

    I thought it was cute, but I was surprised the “make-up” kiss and the elevator opens to their wedding party, it took be by surprise until I saw that the dress was different. I am not sure they would actually be a couple in real like.

  • Kay

    “meets a corporate lawyer in a stuck elevator named Jonathan”

    The elevator was named Jonathan?

    • A.M.

      Hahahaha. Agreed.

  • kirk

    Didn’t you know? They always name the elevators. That way people will take care of it. ‘Don’t abuse poor Jonathan’ sounds a lot better than ‘Don’t abuse Elevator #2.’

  • nezo

    Who would have thought Amanda “I have ESPN” Seyfried would have the most successful movie career Post-Mean Girl. I think Lacey Chabert could be a big star, she just needs more worthwhile gigs.

    • Reeb

      Yeah, it’s too bad that Rachel McAdam’s career never really took off.

  • Shannon

    I watched it last night as well. It was mildly mindlessly entertainging. I would also like to point out that the guy who played Johnathon(Ryan Merriman) also starred in the 1999 disney channel original movie smart house.

  • Dave

    The music was so annoying that I wanted to stop watching the show. It added nothing, didn’t fit in and drowned out the dialog.

  • Karrah

    I watched it. It was weird seeing Ryan Merriman playing a grown man old enough to be a lawyer when I remember him from 1999’s Smart House. But I admit I enjoyed it, for a Hallmark movie.

  • mimi

    I enjoyed the movie but my main reson was seeing Ryan Merriman as an adult. I remember liking him in the ‘Pretender’ as a cute kid..hopefully he’ll be in more clean movies..kudos to Hallmark movies

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